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Dangers in trail hiking

Discussion in 'Trails' started by Alexandoy, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Pathfinder

    During my scouting years, we developed that habit of hiking in the woods with a walking stick particularly if the trails are grassy. Snakes can be everywhere according to our scout master and a walking stick greatly helps to prevent a snake bite. When walking, the stick is used to grope the trail ahead so if there is a lurking snake, it will be stirred and probably be amply warned of the arriving human feet. Snakes tend to leave when it sense intruders in the area. As they say, it is better safe than sorry. Get a stick and be safe in your hike.
     
  2. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    I take a walking staff when I go hiking. It is about as tall as I am, and is from a dogwood tree that grew in my yard. It comes in handy for what you mentioned about snakes and the added support for getting up or down in steep environments.
     
  3. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    ...my favourite walking staff is carved maple. It has a bark twirl with natural wood showing. I have some of those walking pins attached - the ones made especially for walking staffs. I have another one that is made of pine that I like for canoe trips as it is light. On occasion - when the circumstance warranted it I have cut a staff.

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  4. I like the commercial versions - much lighter and adjustable for height. I started with a staff, but switched over to a pair of trekking poles when I got into backpacking. In my case the poles have a camera mount on the top so they make a great monopod - beats carrying around a tripod. The poles I'm using now are fairly inexpensive Trekker FX from Mountainsmith. They are also spring loaded to take some of the impact out.
     
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  5. rz3300

    rz3300 Novice Camper

    Little things like holes in the trail are actually a lot more dangerous than many may think, and I have almost had entire trips derailed due to ankle injuries due to things like that. This is of course on top of the other things like wild animals and dangerous plants.
     
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  6. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    It is my custom to use the marked trails. For sure there are risks - but then one is supposed to be ready for such realities and prepare accordingly.

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    So. What do you want to do?
    Walk around the block and smell the car fumes?
    Or be out here where nature captivates the soul?


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    "Life doesn't get any better than this."
    What life are we talking about?


     
  7. 2sweed

    2sweed Natural Camper Staff Member

    Here is a danger most of us really want to avoid. The moral of this story is always look carefully around yourself and check out the ground carefully before you sit down. If this does ever happen to you don't move a muscle, don't talk, don't wiggle your fingers, just wait it out and hope it goes away.

     
  8. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    Nope. That would be it for. Good bye world. Even if it didn't bite me, I would be in a state of lala land the rest of my life.
     
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